Palladino: Rex, Jets Need Rookie TE Amaro To Catch On With Offense

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By Ernie Palladino
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Not so long ago, the tight end was a nebulous position. Neither pure blocker nor pure pass-catcher, he played as a hybrid sort of lineman. The main job was to help out the right tackle on a double-team of the defensive end.

If he caught the occasional pass, that was gravy.

These were the days before Tony Gonzalez, Jeremy Shockey, Shannon Sharpe, Dustin Keller, or any of the other modern tight ends around the league who catch upwards of 60 balls a year.

Now, the tight end is an offensive weapon. So is it any wonder that the Jets’ second-round draft pick, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, is being handed a bushel full of expectations?

If Rex Ryan is to be believed — and why wouldn’t he considering last year’s offensive sluggishness — the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Amaro will be expected…

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